Order Charadriiformes

Family Glareolidae

Coursers, Pratincoles
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  • Plover-like or tern-like waders, with long or very long wings, and long or relatively short legs.
  • Old World tropics, with greatest diversity in Afrotropical Region.
  • Desert to savanna, with some species usually adjacent to water; mostly at lower elevations, but sometimes up to 2000 m or higher.
  • 17-29 cm.
  • 5 genera, 17 species, 36 taxa.
  • 2 species threatened;
    none extinct since 1600.

Recommended citation

Maclean, G.L. & Bonan, A. (2019). Coursers, Pratincoles (Glareolidae). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from https://www.hbw.com/node/52242 on 14 December 2019).